14 DAY PROGRAM: SAFARI\ZANZIBAR

Budget
Price: $ 3,251.85 pp
Day 1:
You will arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. Transportation to your hotel in Arusha town will be waiting for you.

Day 2: 
Day 2 will be a trip to Mt. Meru villages. We will pick you up from the hotel around 9:00 am and drive to Nkoaranga (40 min). The day starts with a walk around the local hospital and then proceeds through Poli village. On the way you will visit small houses with banana, maize, and coffee plantations along the way. Aranga Coffee Group will proudly show you their Organic Coffee nursery. After the tour, you will be served a hot Tanzanian lunch at the TAfrica Safaris & Wild Tracks garden. You will be tasting traditional foods of Africa; chapati, roasted banana, rice, ugali, spinach and a delicious sauce of goat. All of this is produced in the village. Fresh fruits of the season will be prepared for an appetizer and for dessert you may try the delicious Fair Trade Coffee. After the meal, you will have time to visit the Micro Coffee Roasting factory. Here you can learn about how the coffee is roasted and buy some to take home if you’d like. Following this tour will be dinner and accommodations at your hotel in Arusha.

Day 3:
This will be the first day of your safari. We will pick you up from your hotel around 8:00 am. You will then start the drive to Lake Manyara (about 2 hours from Arusha). Inside Lake Manyara, lunch will be served at a picnic site with a beautiful view over the lake and Great Rift Valley. The park has a dense forest making it possible to get very close to Black monkeys, Blue monkeys and baboons. There will also be elephants, giraffes and hippos near by. If you have a sharp eye, you will be able to see lions resting in the shade of the trees. This park has a very nice view of the lake with plenty of birds to watch. After the game drive, you will return to the camp site or your hotel.

Day 4:
You will want to wake up early for the drive to Serengeti National Park. This is a long drive so you will be eating lunch en-route to the campsite in Serengeti. While passing by  Ngorongoro Crater, you will have a chance to look down on the park from a great view point. Day 4 will end at the camp site, or at your hotel, where you will stay overnight.

Day 5:
A bonus for the early risers will be a game drive early in the morning when the sun is rising. At this time of the morning, many animals will be more active than later in the day when the sun is hotter. Breakfast will be served when you return to the camp/hotel. You will be able to see zebras, giraffes, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hippos and a wide variety of birds. Dinner will be served in the evening at the camp where you sleep or at your hotel.


Day 6: 
Wake up for an early breakfast on day 6. The game drive and lunch will be in the Serengeti park. After lunch, you will start the drive to Ngorongoro crater. On the way to the next destination will be another game drive. Later that evening, you will arrive at the Crater’s rim where you will eat dinner and stay the night. It can be much colder than the Serengeti trek so be prepared for a chilly evening. If the weather is good, the view will be fantastic from the rim of the crater.

Day 7:
A descent into the crater will start day 7. The entire day will be spent on a game drive and lunch will be served near Ngorongoro Crater’s water source. If you are lucky, you will see the Africa’s “Big 5” (buffalo, leopard, elephant, antelopes, zebras, gnus and hippos) inside the crater. That afternoon will be the drive back to your hotel on the crater’s rim. If camping, you will go to the Nainokanoka Maasai Village for the night.

Day 8:
After breakfast, you will drive to the beautiful Empakaai Crater. A  Maasai guide will walk with you down into the crater to show you the different trees they use for medicine. The crater’s lake is full of pink flamingoes which will make lunch in the crater spectacular. In the afternoon, you will arrive at Karatu village for dinner and some much needed sleep.

Day 9:
An early morning departure to Arusha will take you to your plane ride to Zanzibar. You will arrive in Zanzibar around noon. From the airport, it’s a short drive to Stone Town and your hotel. From there you will have a guided trip through the town while visiting these places; the early slave market, slave chambers, a fruit-and vegetable market, the early German Consulate, the African House (early British club, the house of slave trader- Tippu-Tip), The house of Wonders, The Forodhani park, The Palace of the Sultan, The Fort, Livingstones’ house and the odd narrow streets of Stone Town who’s exciting and fascinating architecture was inspired by African and Indian culture.

Day 10:
A small boat will take you on the short ride from Stone Town for the half day trip to Prison Island. On this Island, you can see and feed the protected giant land tortoises that are more than 100 years old. The Island is perfect for sun bathing, snorkeling, and nice walks on the beach. The Island was bought by General Matthew, who built a prison there in 1893, however it was never used. Back in Stone Town, you will go by car to the eastern coast of Zanzibar. Here you will find beautiful white sand beaches waiting for you at Nungwi village on the northern tip of the island.

 Day 11:
The program is open on this day to provide you with the opportunity to choose your favorite activity for the day.

Day 12:
After breakfast in Zanzibar, also known as “Spice Island”, you will be able to take the classic “spice tour”. On this tour you can sample pepper, vanilla, nutmeg, clove, cardamom and many other spices. You will also see how they grow and look before they are packaged and sold in the shops. Tropical fruits will be available for tasting and you will have the chance to learn about local tropical trees such as the lip gloss tree and  the ylang-ylang tree. The tour passes by Kibweni Palace and Kidichi so you can see the Persian baths that were built by the first Sultan of Zanzibar in 1850. Thereafter you will visit a local spice plantation where you can taste and buy spices of Zanzibar. The tour will end with a visit to the government spice plantation to see some special plants.

Day 13:
You can’t get out of Zanzibar without a boat tour that will show the environment’s diversity of its lush green west coast. This very special boat trip starts in Unguja Ukuu, far off the tourist tracks. You will visit the small unhabitated islands of Miwi, Nianembe or Kwale in the protected Menai Bay. On these islands, you will be shown the unique flora and fauna of Zanzibar’s tropical islands. Often you can find big groups of dolphins just off the unspoiled beaches. With their gleeming white sand beaches, the islands are perfect for relaxation and great for snorkeling in the surrounding sea. We’ll arrange a barbecue with fresh caught fish, local dishes and tropical fruits. Do not miss this!
The day trip includes transportation to and from your hotel, a tour guide, motorboat/sailboat use, snorkeling equipment and lunch.

Day 14:
To give you a chance to see anything you may have missed, day 14 is left open and will end with an evening departure from Zanzibar. You will then be tranferred to back to Kilimanjaro Airport for your trip home.

The above includes

  • Transport to and from all hotels and airports
  • Coffee day trip with lunch
  • Safari in 4WD Land Cruiser
  • FB on the hotels at safari
  • private cook on camping an all camping equipment on safari
  • Drinking water in the car on safari
  • Flight to Zanzibar (Zan air)
  • 1 night in Stone Town
  • All excursions at Zanzibar
  • 4 night on the beach
Excludes
  • Airfare
  • Visas and Passes. Foreigners seeking to enter Tanzania should be in possession of a valid passport or a pass. Visas can be obtained at all points of arrival.
  • Any items of personal nature and tips during the safari
Accommodation

  • 2 nights at Arumeru River Lodge (HB), Arusha
  • 2 night at Intimate Places, Serengeti
  • 2 night at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
  • 1 night at Gibbs Farm, Karatu
  • 1 night at Lake Manyara tree lodge
  • 1 night at Srena hotels (BB), Stone Town
  • 4 nights at Chumbwe Island (FB), Zanzibar safari
TAfrica Safaris • P O BOX 674 • Stayton, OR 97383 • USA

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